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The development of equipment and facilities

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The Mill Adventure Centre The Mill adventure centre is situated in South Molton, Devon and was opened in 2006. It provides many activities, courses, training and qualifications in areas such as rock climbing, coasteering, and survival. These activities are all delivered by professional instructors. The facilities are the simple for the public to use with their easy registration, and membership schemes. The Mill's main attraction is the indoor climbing wall. It's 13.5m high which makes it the biggest in Devon! The wall is open to the public and they have regular competitions and festivals. They even run Junior and Youth Climbing clubs. The walls have top rope routes, lead routes and even an indoor bouldering cave that is fully matted. The routes vary in difficulty for example they have grades from 3 to 8c so the mill is suitable for people of all abilities. The climbing holds are also frequently changed so that climbers can progress and the routes don't get boring. The walls also have many features such as slabs, corners and overhangs. The centre even has a practice area where people can be taught about climbing, learn about rope work and new skills. The centre offers qualifications such as accelerated instructor training programme, walking group leader, mountain leader, single pitch award, The National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme (NICAS), site specific instructors scheme, climbing wall award and first aid The centre offers many courses such as Taster sessions, inductions to top roping, and birthday parties for beginners to unsupervised climbing, personal coaching, leading and climbing development courses for more advanced climbers. ...read more.

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These are structures on the wall like incuts or bulges of different shapes that either indent or project out the wall. Whether or not a climbing wall has these features depends on the type of climbing wall for example stalactites would usually be used on the roof of a bouldering wall and mimics those that you would find in a cave. Nowadays climbing walls are much more attractive due to the surface of the wall being improved with paints and wall art. Walls can be made of many different materials to give different textures to the surface of the wall. One of the most recent developments in the materials used for climbing walls is the products used to give the wall a texture resembling that of outdoor rock. Some of these products used are concrete and paint (such as high friction paint) and polyurethane mixed with sand. Today there are company's that build climbing walls for you such as CWMA, The Climbing Walls Manufacturers Association and most of the design of the climbing wall is done by using 3D computer aided design programs and help from professionals such as architects, experienced climbers, engineers, carpenters etc. Climbing wall facilities today meet the needs of climbers, provide interesting climbing across an appropriate range of abilities and styles, are professionally designed and built with experienced climber input and offer good value for money. Climbers are able to add there own input into the design, management and usage of the walls to fulfil their perceived needs. ...read more.

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Climbers are able to develop their skills and techniques in the sport without many of the dangers of climbing outdoors. Bouldering has become very popular as it enables people to try some aspects of the sport of rock climbing. However these developments have also had a negative effect in climbing as people have developed bad habits such as not paying attention when belaying due to relying on modern belay devices such as redpoint descenders which require no belay partner and lower climbers very slowly upon a fall or gri gri's which lock off automatically on any sudden weight. www.cababstractsplus.org/abstracts/Abstract.aspx?AcNo=19981800442 I think the developments in surfboards have been very positive as design and construction of surfboards has increased the amount of people participating in the sport as it has made it easier for beginners to enjoy the sport using foam boards, it has made the sport a lot more exciting as it has meant that people can experiment with many different styles of surfing using different types of boards and it has made it easier for surfers to catch waves due to design in shape and weight of the boards. However these developments have also had a negative effect in surfing for example the increase in people participating in the sport has meant that there is a high amount of people on the beach which causes weathering such as damage or destruction to reefs. ?? ?? ?? ?? The Development of Equipment and Facilities Naomi Hammond Equipment and Facilities NDOL 2 ...read more.

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